Diamonds Out of Dust

Do you ever feel like you’re under pressure and life won’t give you a break? These times of trial can do one of two things: 

1. Weaken us.
2. Strengthen us.

Some people fall apart under pressure, and others really start to shine when the heat is on. What makes the difference between the two?

We can call it “attitude” but it really comes from perspective

When your outlook is grounded in uncertainty and the suspicion that you’re on your own in the midst of hardship and God is just watching and judging your performance, then it’s easy to despair. When things get tough, you take the easy way out. When problems pile up, you give up.

But when your outlook is grounded in the knowledge that God is with you, he loves you and is there to help you get through every challenge, then your attitude is going to be positive. When you fall, you’ll get back up. When you’re tired, you’ll draw on strength from God and keep going.

Diamonds Out of Dust (a song by Hawk Nelson)

This song is so encouraging, because it reminds us that good things can come out of great pressure. Coal when squeezed in the earth becomes diamond, and when polished it’s a sparkling reflection of every ray of light.

Next time you’re facing something difficult, make the choice to see it as your next victory. Remind yourself, “This is exactly the sort of thing that God can help me overcome! And when I come through the other side, I’ll be shining.”

That’s Why The Promises Are There

The Bible records for us many things that God said, so we can be sure how he feels about us and about the troubles we face. Here's a few to brighten your week and strengthen you, whatever you face:

…be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we may boldly say: ‘The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?’
— Heb 13:5-6 (NKJV)
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.
— Jesus, in John 16:33 (NLT)
So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.
— Jesus, in Luke 12:32 (NLT)